A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!


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Feb 10, 2009 — Kelly and I drove our old Ford Econoline van all over Mexico and Guatemala for four months… let’s see. 2009 minus 1979, can it really be 30 years ago?

Photocollage of our 1979 trip in Mexico and Guatemala

That’s the silhouette of Lake Atitlan in the background, with some Guatemalan ruins atop our van, which Kelly was driving fast across a Mexican river so the van would make it. That was after a night at a remote hot springs somewhere in the Chihuahua desert.

I wanted to buy the pottery oven I’ve put above the ruins, and when it was really too large to fit in a van already crammed with pottery and handicrafts, I took a picture of it.

Kelly, red-headed then, is lounging in the entrance to the theater in Guanajuato, and I am buying a huipil from a Guatemalan woman in Chichicastenango.

We actually came to Lake Chapala for a few days on that trip, and stayed in the old campground where the El Parque development is now.

On that trip, we often camped in remote rural spots, usually asking local people’s advice about safe places. We woke very early one morning to the van’s jiggling, thinking it was curious local children, but it was an earthquake.

Ah, the good old days. And I guess the picture proves we really are old hippies!

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